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At 6:47pm on June 20, 2018, CHARLES GARFIELD AMBOY said…
Jerry Beighley let me play his psaltery at Lisbon a few weeks ago. I wanted to play Meditation by Jules Massinet, but found no psaltery in production with its range. Finally found James Jones in Virginia, who is making one for me to run from G3 to G6 (E6 is needed for Meditation). Meanwhile I drew one out on paper so I can practice silently with stick for bow. Skye Boat Song for starters. Normally play piano and cello, so having to get my head straight. Chuck
At 10:25am on June 20, 2018, Alan B House said…

Thanks !

At 10:17am on June 20, 2018, Victoria (Torii) Orr said…

Thank you!

At 8:48am on June 20, 2018, Diane C. said…

Thanks! I'm just getting started with the psaltery. Pretty squeaky so far!

At 9:33pm on March 27, 2018, Maria Roberts said…

Thank you Gregg, I am just a beginner. But I really want to learn to play well. Greetings from Maria.

At 1:25pm on March 10, 2018, Andrew Spitzer said…

Thanks! I'm very happy to be here! I will add some pictures of my latest builds soon.

At 1:57pm on March 8, 2018, Tamara Tufts said…

Thank you, I will try that.

At 6:11pm on March 4, 2018, Linda D. Storey said…

Thank you for the Welcome!  A friend has loaned me her psaltery until I purchase mine this summer and I've been have such a great time learning to pay this instrument so I'm so looking forward to getting my own instrument!  In the meantime, I'm glad for the opportunity to be able to practice and play music on this wonderful instrument!


At 11:46am on March 4, 2018, Karmac said…

Thank you!

At 9:18am on March 4, 2018, Tamara Tufts said…

Thank you for the welcome !! This is a nice site and I have visited numerous times and am happy to now be a member.  The research I have done on-line, going to different builders sites and You Tube, where I've watched the wonderful videos of you and others play and teach, has convinced me this is the instrument for me.  I'm truly excited about getting my first bowed psaltery !!  

Since I live in small town Iowa, is there a way for me to find other players near me ? 


At 5:33pm on January 14, 2018, Mike Thomas said…

Thanks for the welcome. I've never played with anyone else. I don't know any other BP players personally. 

At 7:57pm on January 9, 2018, Dawn Gale said…

Thanks for the welcome! 

Ive had my bowed psaltery for a month now, was given it as gift at Christmastime.  I love any instrument that is bowed.  

I live in the Wytheville Virginia area.  Are there any players in this area that you know of?


At 2:56pm on January 9, 2018, Laurel said…

Thank you kindly! Looking forward to learning more about this interesting little instrument, which I acquired almost by chance. BTW, I love your photos, as I am a living historian in my spare time. :)

At 11:23am on January 9, 2018, James Fox said…

Hello everyone thank you for the add. Here is a picture of my recent build. Figured black walnut with an ebony bridge and mother of pearl inlay around the sound hole. 

At 5:35pm on October 5, 2017, Catherine moore said…
Thank you!
At 6:21pm on October 4, 2017, Catherine moore said…
Thank you!
At 6:49pm on March 20, 2017, Ande Driesen said…
Hello! Thank you for welcoming me. I'm a newbie and am very excited to begin learning! I'm working on figuring out this website too! Happy playing.
At 8:52am on March 20, 2017, Amy Gavin-Zachek said…

Thanks for the welcome.   I have not played my psaltry for a long time.  I'm hoping this site will give me motivation to take it out more often. 

At 4:15pm on February 19, 2017, Celeste Howard said…

Hi Gregg,

I remember contacting you back in the day when I first bought my custom psaltery!  A pleasure to re-connect -- Yes, I'm back in my home state of Cali - Yay!

At 10:23am on January 4, 2017, Lois Skiffington said…

Thanks.  I'm lovin' it.

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